Reporting the War

Thomas A. Johnson

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Johnson, Thomas A. "State's N.A.A.C.P. Opposes the War and New Charter." New York Times, October 23, 1967, p. 1, 35.

At the New York State N.A.A.C.P. convention, a resolution was adopted to oppose the war in Vietnam. The resolution was passed by a vote of 102 to 72. This vote came into direct conflict with the position of the national N.A.A.C.P. organization. The original draft of the resolution touched on common themes; the war deleted financial and human resources and affected the African-American community in disproportionate ways compared to the white population. After a period of debate, the only item that was changed was deleting the word "black" from the statement that the war killed off "black youth." Another resolution was passed against racially homogeneous draft boards that did not represent respective communities. What makes the resolutions somewhat surprising (besides the stance of the national organization) was the fact that the president of the New York chapter was a Republican.

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